MasterCard Worldwide has certified a number of NFC-enabled smartphones for use with the MasterCard PayPass technology, allowing consumers to carry out contactless payments at PayPass merchant locations worldwide.
The new MasterCard-certified devices include the BlackBerry Bold 9900 / 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9360 / 9380, HTC One X, Intel Smartphone Reference Device, LG Viper 4G LTE, LG Optimus Elite, Nokia 603, Nokia Lumia 610 NFC, Samsung Wave Y, Samsung Galaxy mini 2, Samsung Galaxy S Advance, Samsung Galaxy Nexus (GT-i9250), Sony Xperia S, Sony Xperia P and Sony Xperia sola.
MasterCard has also unveiled a new brand identifier – dubbed MasterCard PayPass Ready – which has been made available to device manufacturers to use with NFC-enabled smartphones that have been tested and certified by MasterCard for use with PayPass technology.
The MasterCard PayPass Ready identifier will signify a device is available for commercial deployment of PayPass, and can be included as a sticker on the approved device, and in an approved device’s packaging, marketing collateral and advertisements. Nokia and BlackBerry-maker RIM have committed to supporting this brand mark.
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